Though I don't particularly recommend walking down Bourbon Street on a Saturday night with kids, New Orleans offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment for you and your little adventurers.
Check our our favorite things to do in New Orleans with Kids.
In her book Brushstrokes of a Gadfly, E.A. Bucchianeri wrote, “If you boil it down, just because someone else does the wrong thing we are not exempt from doing what’s right.” Or, as my mom always told me when I was growing up, "Two wrongs don't make a right."
During World War 2, many people did many wrong things. Some people knew that others were doing wrong, but instead of doing right, they accepted the wrong. They stood by and looked away while their friends and neighbors suffered, allowing evil people to do very wrong things. They would have done well to remember that just because others are doing wrong, they are not exempt from doing what's right.
My hope as I read these accounts of wrongdoings is that I will be continually reminded that I am not exempt from doing right even when others are doing wrong.
Continue reading for a second list of books about WW2 and the Holocaust.
Growing up, I never understood the fascination other people had about war. As an adult in my 30s, I find myself drawn to the subject, particularly World War 2, not in a macabre way, but as a way of understanding what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future. In 1905 George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." In 1948, in the aftermath of the second great war, Winston Churchill rephrased Santayana's words: "Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."
I cannot start or end a war, but in an effort to avoid participating in the repetition of the atrocities committed by regular civilians to their friends and neighbors, and to remind myself that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" (Edmund Burke), I have been reading as many WWII books as I can get my hands on.
Continue reading to see my list of books and movies about World War 2.
"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada"! The neon sign welcomes visitors from far and wide to a city that is best known for its casinos. But Vegas is so much more than casinos and buffet restaurants. Yes, it still has its seedier sides, but the city abounds with fun and exciting things for kids of all ages.
Read more to see what to do and where to go if you take your kids to Las Vegas.
Tips for Long Flights
Surviving a long flight can be a major feat. We love exploring new destinations, but getting there can present a list of challenges. In spite of the challenges, I try to keep the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson in mind: "Life is a journey, not a destination." The following tips will help you prepare for a long flight so that your journey can be as enjoyable as possible on the way to your destination.
Preparing for a long flight? Read more to see my long haul flight tips.
Tips for Traveling With Kids
Traveling with kids is not like traveling before (or without) kids. Kids are prone to the same tantrums, meltdowns, big big feelings, and picky eating while traveling as they are at home. But while traveling with your kids may not be effortless and it may look much different than traveling before kids, there are ways to alleviate the added stress that exhaustion and frustration from travel may cause.
Read on to see my tips for traveling with kids.
This year we decided to try to do Elf on the Shelf. We found the book at a charity shop and got a generic plush elf to start with, as we did not know how our two-year-old would react to the elf. On November 30th, Emmett and I read Elf on the Shelf together, and although the book focuses on encouraging the child to act right during the month of December in order for the elf to make a good nightly report to Santa, I knew that a.) my toddler was probably not going to understand that concept, b.) I wanted this to just be fun, and c.) I don't want to coerce my child into being good just so that he'll get presents from Santa. I named our elf Elliott in order to stick with the "E" names (Emmett our son and Einstein our dog).
Read on to see my fun, easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for toddlers.
Destinations for Book Lovers
If you have followed me for long or you know me personally, you know I am a big book nerd. I love to read, and I especially love to read books that are set in other countries - books where I can be transported to far-off places as I lose myself in their pages. For those of you like me, who enjoy both reading and traveling, this is the article for you.
Read on to see a list of destinations for readers.
2023 Bucket List
Though we were able to take a few short trips - San Antonio, New Orleans, Tampa, and Brenham - and two longer trips to Croatia and Scotland in 2022, we did not make it to all the places we had hoped we would. For 2023, we have set some tenacious travel goals. Will we be able to make it happen?
Read more to see our 2023 travel goals.
Best Children's Christmas Books
Books are a huge deal in our house. My personal stash includes more books than I care to admit (i.e. more books than I can possibly read in my lifetime). And we have a great collection of children's books for Emmett. Each year after Christmas, when I take down the Christmas decorations, I also box up the Christmas books to be pulled out again the following year. And each year, I add more Christmas books to Emmett's collection. This list includes some of our favorites, as well as some we are gifting him this year.
Click "read more" to See my list of favorite children's Christmas books.
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